Sam concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent matters. His experience spans a wide range of technologies, including wireless communications, medical devices, computer hardware and software, internet technologies, and X-ray imaging in both medical and security spaces. 

Sam’s recent courtroom experience includes arguing Markman hearings in the Western District of Texas and a dispositive motion in the District of Massachusetts. He excels at managing cases, having led teams and directly advised clients in infringement and invalidity analyses as well as claim construction strategy. In addition to his district court practice, Sam has recently begun assisting clients in inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 

Sam also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has assisted the Missouri State Public Defender in multiple criminal defense proceedings, and he currently represents a mother and her son seeking asylum through the Kansas City Immigration Court after fleeing gang violence in Guatemala.

Before entering the legal profession, Sam was a registered patent agent and worked for Robins Kaplan LLP, first as a technical adviser and later as a senior scientist, where he performed patent portfolio assessments and helped prepare technical experts and inventors for statements and depositions. 

Sam holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in astrophysics from the University of Chicago, where he also spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow in radiology developing mathematical algorithms for image reconstruction in CT and MRI.


Samuel J. LaRoque, Reverse Engineering and Trade Secrets in the Post-Alice World, 66 U. Kan. L. Rev. 427 (2017).

S.J. LaRoque, E.Y. Sidky & X. Pan, Accurate Image Reconstruction from Few-View and Limited-Angle Data in Diffraction Tomography, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 1772 (2008).

Samuel J. LaRoque et al., X-Ray and Sunyaev-Zel’dovich Effect Measurements of the Gas Mass Fraction in Galaxy Clusters, The Astrophysical Journal 652, 917 (2006).